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Nearby: Driver Fatally Shoots Himself in Cranberry Police Pursuit

Investigators are working to identify the driver after the chase and crash at Cranberry Commons Mall. The vehicle smashed into the Lane Bryant store, causing extensive damage.

Investigators are trying to identify the driver who fatally shot himself early Saturday morning after police pursued him into the parking lot of the Cranberry Commons shopping center.

According to  Sgt. Chuck Mascellino, Adams Township police attempted to stop the driver around 3:15 a.m. after the man sped past an officer near Mars Area High School on Route 228.

“The driver refused to stop for the officer and was pursed into Cranberry Township,” Mascellino said in a statement. “Cranberry Township police officers were approaching the area of Route 228 to assist the Adams Township officer when the vehicle turned into the Cranberry Commons shopping center.”

After entering the shopping center, the driver fired a single gunshot and fatally wounded himself while his vehicle was still moving, Mascellino said. The vehicle crashed into the  store, causing extensive damage, according to police.

Officers on the scene extinguished a small fire that erupted under the vehicle after the crash.

Investigators have not positively identified the driver of the vehicle or determined why he fled from police in Adams Township. Additional agencies are assisting police as they work to identify him and notify his family.

Cranberry Police continue to investigate the incident. Check back withPatch for updates to this story.

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